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Irish government announces regional jobs strategy for the west

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Irish government has announced details of a regional jobs strategy that it says will generate 25,000 extra jobs. The West Action Plan for Jobs aims to deliver 10-15 percent employment growth in Mayo, Roscommon and Galway before 2017.

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The plan is the fifth of eight regional jobs plans to be published over the coming months, as part of a new €250 million regional jobs strategy.

A statement from the Government said that following “several difficult years” since the crash, employment in the west “has returned to growth” with 5,000 extra people at work over the past twelve months. During the years 2008-2011, some 400 jobs were lost in the region.

Key sectors targeted as part of the plan include agri-food, tourism, medtech, ICT and pharma. The plan will seek to achieve an increase of at least 25 percent in the number of start-ups in the region, and a 25 percent improvement in the survival rate of new businesses.

It will also seek to create a “food innovation hub” in the region, and generate 540 extra jobs in Gaeltacht regions in life sciences, mariculture and food.

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